State’s Urban Legends: Washington

The state of Washington was so-named in honor of the father of the United States of America. So it seems only fitting that it would be apparent home to the granddaddy of all of the urban legends.


Washington's iconic urban legend

Bigfoot seems to prefer Washington state.

He’s been spotted all over North America and spawned several other similar legends in many states. But the majority of Bigfoot sightings have happened in Washington.

In the Northwest, Bigfoot seems to have a split personality. He’s either attacking hikers, campers, loggers and those out looking for him or he just wanders off and vanishes quietly.

Given the terrain in Washington, trees everywhere they haven’t carved out a highway, who knows how many of his species are actually roaming about out there.

Washington’s 13 Steps to Hell

The Maltby Cemetery opened its gates at the turn of the 20th Century, although legend says there is a crypt that’s been there much longer. One family is alleged to have a secret tomb below ground – one accessible via 13 steps.

Legend also has it that the subterranean burial chamber serves as the final resting place for damned souls. Not just specific ones, but every soul in history that has been damned.

If you go looking for these cursed steps, you will leave disappointed. After years of putting up with trespassers, the private cemetery buried the steps under concrete and earth.

Pike Place Market

Seattle Washington is not only known for its iconic Space Needle (which I checked out and even had a nice lunch at the top). Pike Place Market – not far from the Space Needle – is also a must visit if you find yourself in the Emerald City.

Washington icon

Seattle’s Pike Place Market

But in addition to some great shops, including the fish market and the original Starbucks, its haunted. Visitors have reported seeing an old Native American woman with hand-woven baskets for sale. But when the head over to her, she disappears.

Legend says this is the spirit of Kikisoblu, the daughter of Chief Seattle. The cabin she called home was located nearby and she rarely left it in life.

All I saw the one time I visited the area was this strange critter from South Carolina:

Strange visitors come to Washington

The mascot for the South Carolina Gamecocks was in town for a visit to Pike Place Market.


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Richard Paolinelli